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New Manitoba initiative turning ideas into action

Sept. 24, 2013, Winnipeg, MB - A new Growing Innovation initiative is being launched under the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) federal-provincial agreement to help Manitoba producers and industry leaders turn innovative ideas into realities.

The Growing Innovation initiative will help build the expertise and capacity in Manitoba to advance innovation activities by supporting research, development and evaluation projects that are conducted on farms and in controlled environments. The initiative includes three programs: On-farm Innovation; Agrifood Research and Development Initiatives; and Capacity and Knowledge Development:
- The On-Farm Innovation program provides financial support to agriculture producers and organizations for projects carried out on farms and ranches that accelerate the adoption of innovative new technologies and/or production practices in primary agriculture, which are from outside of province/country and/or have not yet been adopted on-farm.
- The Agrifood Research and Development Initiatives program provides support for industry-led innovation projects that will advance the industry's market competitiveness, improve productivity and manage risks proactively.
- The Capacity and Knowledge Development program supports the development of initiatives that expand Manitoba's capacity for innovation, information gathering and interpretation capacity and the infrastructure used in the process of innovation.